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Goldfish Memory [2003] [DVD]

Sean Campion , Fiona Glascott , Elizabeth Gill    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sean Campion, Fiona Glascott, Fiona O'Shaughnessy, Flora Montgomery, Keith McErlean
  • Directors: Elizabeth Gill
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL, Widescreen
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Millivres Multimedia
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Mar 2005
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007IK60E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,663 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Quirky Irish drama about life and love in contemporary Dublin amongst a group of mismatched young people. Clara (Fiona O'Shaughnessy) sees her boyfriend Tom (Sean Campion) kissing another woman, something that sends her into a tail-spin through the Dublin dating world, where she meets a lecherous university lecturer, a cynical bike courier, and a bisexual woman who has run off with her boyfriend's mistress.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable romp in Dublin 11 May 2005
By A Customer
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
No goldfish were harmed during the making of this movie. This is an enjoyable 'Love Actually', with hints of 'Educating Rita' and 'Human Traffic' (without the latter's drugs). Overall, a highly entertaining budget love/passion comedy-drama, without the drama being too PC or laid on heavily with a shovel. It's uniformly well acted, fast-paced, has a great script, and has servicable (but not exactly Woody Allen -level) camera-work and editing. American viewers won't need to worry about understanding the Irish accents - you won't need the sub-titles on. Of course, it lacks the gloss a higher budget movie would have - the eccentric music soundtrack is perhaps the most dodgy element here, presumably so the producers could do a "hits all the bases" soundtrack CD. Why bother; soundtrack CDs never sell well anyway? But perhaps the movie's all the more believable for the lack of gloss - you could bump into these characters around the next corner but can Dublin _really_ be that hot? Maybe only if you're as young and/or attractive as these characters are? 'No ugly folks allowed' in this movie. It's annoying that the bi-girl character gets stereotyped as an 'unreliable flaky heartbreaker', which simply plays to prejudice. Anyway, this DVD is recommended - and those goldfish are surely in line for some 'best pet comedy acting' award.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Film! 8 Feb 2012
Absolutely loved watching GOLDFISH MEMORY! What a thoughtful, delightful film. We laughed out loud at the antics and the authenticity, and shook our heads at the clever construction of the story lines and direction. Wish I had seen it when it was new, 9 (?!?!) years ago and, to the film's credit, I don't see a single bit of the whole that is not perfectly contemporary now. (Want to go on and on about the subtlety, the metaphor, the... but I'll rewind instead.) A thoroughly enjoyable film that I HIGHLY recommend.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not what I would normally watch but...... 25 Jun 2006
A funny Irish based version of La Ronde with a series of interwoven tales started by a philandering teacher's use of the Goldfish memory urban myth to start a conversation to get a new conquest.

From hereon in almost everyone is connected to everyone else as relationships develop then crash all around. Let's see anyone try and use any of these chat-up lines from now on.

It's not what I would normally watch but it was enjoyable.

I got it as I liked Flora Montgomery as the feisty burglar in When Brendan Met Trudy so thought I'd give it a try. It sure looks a little out of place in my DVD collection sat between Godzilla (several) and Goodfellas.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars the myth of lesbian seduction 2 Dec 2007
the type of seduction in question is part of the myth that any "hetrosexual" female hasn't met the "right woman" yet.
to put it another way ,in this film two young women fall into bed with other women at the drop of a hat?
other than the above this is a watchable rom-com ,i would not normally watch this type of film ,this however is a wet afternoon film ,better than most of it's type.
regards rickwill
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Unexpected Delight! 3 May 2005
By Steven Stanley - Published on
An absolutely delightful, original, funny, sexy, and even thought provoking romantic comedy. I loved every minute of it and found it neither bland nor boring, as one reviewer termed it. I can see how the straight-laced or conservative might be offended by the bed-hopping and orientation-blurring relationships, but this is not a movie made for them. If you've got an open mind, this film is an unexpected treat!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny, sexy, charming....a modern day love mess. 6 Jan 2006
By queer movie lover - Published on
Goldfish Memory is a story about figuring out our conceptions of love -- What sex are we attracted to? Who do we want to date? Are we looking for a one night stand, a short-term relationship, marriage.....? Why, if we've done this so many times before, DO WE NEVER LEARN!? Goldfish Memory is a light-hearted flick, maintaining a humorous and entertaining tone throughout, yet it deals with seriously realistic issues in the world of

dating that we all face. And, no matter what your sex or sexual preference is, there are definitely a few scenes between the sheets that will heat up the room.

The story is basically a big, messy, love and sex tangle inolving a group of 20- and 30-somethings in Dublin (oh those sexy Irish accents). The dating mayhem begins when Clara, a beautiful and secure woman, sees her boyfriend kissing another woman and wants to bolt. Conveniently enough, there's a fine dyke in town who has her eye on Clara, and the fun begins. Soon enough, Clara's not the only one stepping out of the dating safety zone. Everyone seems to have caught the exploratory fever, and everything

seems to be up in the air -- sexuality, monogamy, patience; and why it is that we continue to put ourselves into vulnerable love situations, and continue to be hurt, over and over again. Sound too predictable? Don't fear. The story has several unique spins that make this movie far more exciting than your typical confused love story. It also has an intelligently witty and entertaining ending that you will never see coming.

All in all, a very entertaining movie. No matter who you are, or what your love life is like, you will find something to relate to in this story. And while the acting is not the best I've ever seen, it's a dang good movie for what it is. PLUS, it includes a soundtrack with some great Irish indie hits. Well-worth it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Where's the story? 20 Aug 2005
By Jo - Published on
I bought this because I like to give glbt movies I've never heard of a chance to speak for themselves. And this one didn't say much.

The best part about the movie is that it's set in Dublin and comes with a free soundtrack. There wasn't much substance to the movie: a bunch of hook ups and break ups that recombined to form more hook ups and break ups. I was expecting something less shallow. People all over the world hook up/break up, but GOLDFISH didn't have anything new or different to say about it.

If you like movies like "The Incredible Adventures of Two Girls in Love," then you will love this. If you have more of an intellectual taste (beyond the Rilke quotes), then move on to something else.
4.0 out of 5 stars Love in modern day Dublin... 11 May 2013
By Lesbian Film Guide - Published on
Goldfish Memory follows a group of Irish 30 something's as they navigate love, lust and loss through the streets of Dublin. When reporter Angie (Flora Montgomery) meets Clara (Fiona Glascott), at a St. Patrick's Day protest, her interest is peaked.

Clara who hasn't the best luck with men, easily slides into an affair with Angie but doesn't want commitment. Angie however, is looking for more than just an affair; she wants a relationship and kids. Angie's gay best friend Red (Keith McErlean) is on his own search, but not for commitment.

Writer/director Liz Gill has created a marvelously thought-provoking look at the complexities involved in straight, gay, lesbian and bisexual relationships and love in contemporary Dublin. Witty writing makes Goldfish Memory a hidden gem of a film.

Flora Montgomery is wonderful as sexy reporter Angie, on the look out for elusive true love while moving through a variety of relationships. Keith McErlean is equally great as Red, caught up in his own romantic expectations while supporting best friend Angie on her path to happiness.

Chris Alderson
Author of the 2013 Lesbian Film Guide
5.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile to see 8 Nov 2009
By Bookworm80 - Published on
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I had personal reasons to watch the film, I am huge fan of goldfish, and I bought this for a friend leaving for Dublin.

I definitely enjoyed the film and found it to be worthwhile...
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